Any means that justify the end
Drug abuse and sexual assault should not be tolerated within the military establishment, period. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that, allegedly, the Air Force has created a network of spies at its service academy in an attempt to root out the perpetrators of these and other crimes.
If The Gazette's report is true, other than being spectacularly mismanaged, this approach raises some troubling questions. Does the Air Force lack faith in its leaders? Are they that incompetent? Or do spy tactics better serve the mind set all too prevalent in today's military and political culture that the rank and file are inept, and that any means that justify the end are to be employed?
The United States fields the world's greatest military in no small part due to its embrace of decentralized leadership whereby better communication, quicker decision making, and more effective supervision and control result. Spying on our own may indeed achieve the end state desired but the cost in eroded unit cohesion, trust, and esprit d'corps begs us to look toward small unit leadership as a more effective way forward.
Sgt. Maj. Thomas Reilly, USMC (Ret.)
Why help the monster survive?
I was watching a political talk show recently as a mainstream leftist panel discussed the problems occurring with the Obamacare roll-out. I was curious to see how they would portray the Republicans in this whole ordeal. One lady commented that the Republicans were "hampering" things by "sitting on the sidelines and cheering for it all to fail" instead of "helping to solve the problems" of the beleaguered website.
I wish I could have asked the lady for some clarification, but I've found that talking at your TV doesn't achieve that desired goal. If I were at the table, I would have asked, "For the general audience's sake, would you be so kind as to explain; by which method are the Republicans hampering the roll-out?
Are they hacking the website that was awarded, no-bid, to Michelle Obama's former college mate? Are they filibustering the Senate to prevent the website from working properly? Or maybe they've been using the IRS to intimidate the website designers? (Oops... wrong party!)"
Ever since Obamacare was going through Congress, Republicans have been fighting against it tooth-and-nail. And it's not the usual reasons of "racism", "sore-loser pouting", "not caring about the little man", etc. It's because Republicans believe that government shouldn't be allowed to force anyone to buy anything, can't afford it, and is wasteful and inefficient. Only now are people starting to realize that all of these things turned out to be true.
If Obamacare is so good, why are the unions getting exemptions from it, Congress and staff complained so they could get it subsidized as if they were poor, coverages are getting dropped, doctors are falling out of your networks, businesses got a delay to conform to it, and people's rates doubled or tripled instead of dropping? Despite the echo chamber of "our health system is broken", it still worked better than any other system to date... including Obamacare.
And above all else... why, oh why, would any thinking person, including Republicans, grab the defibrillator and try to help this monster survive?
Remember: slavery was also "the law of the land" and "upheld by the Supreme court". Still doesn't make it a good law.
Make the world a better place
Friday we remember Pearl Harbor. The current conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims could also suddenly escalate into all-out war.
If we truly value the lives of our military, these days including women, we should spare no effort to disengage ourselves from the Middle East.
El Paso County wind farms could be the first step in building, and powering, a Front Range high speed rail system, from Saskatchewan to El Paso, Texas. By creating an alternative transportation system, one in which personal electric vehicles could also be plugged into the power grid, the need for Arab and Persian Oil would be greatly reduced.
One hundred years ago, we dug the Panama Canal. No one now questions the unheard-of expense of that colossal undertaking. When one looks eastward from Pikes Peak, instead of deserted, dusty plains, they should see countless windmills and hundreds of square miles of solar farms, stretching to Kansas and beyond.
Save lives. Create jobs. Make the world a better place.
Alternative energy is free.
Pretty strong statement on Redford
Although I think the chance of meeting Robert Redford through a voting promotion is a little tacky I was surprised that Catherine Allen knew so much about Robert Redford. ("A chance to meet Robert Redford," Letters, Dec. 3) She even said and I quote "he is hardly an expert in national policy, nor is he a deep thinker."
This is a pretty strong statement for a person that never met Redford or knowing what his background is in national policy or for anything else for that matter.
If it were me, I would get Allen and Redford in the same room for a chat during re-election and order Allen the Sundance Channel on TV.